We are delighted that we can reintroduce some music to our Sunday Masses


Full organ lists until Christmas can be accessed here. (Pdf download)


Organ Specification (with more pictures) here.

The Organ & Organist

At Clifton we have one of the finest neoclassical organs in Europe made in Austria by Rieger. Its design reflects the hexagons upon which the Cathedral is based. Stephen Bryant (the Cathedral Organist) is a great ambassador for the instrument and skilfully adapts all kinds of repertoire to it. The organ voluntaries reflect the intentions of the particular liturgy, integrating with the musical styles used within that too.


You can download the Organ Specification (with more pictures) here in Acrobat format - please contact us if you would like the full resolution printed version.


The organ was cleaned and restored by David Wood of Huddersfield in 2010.


There is also an Allen electronic organ in the gallery used for occasions such as can be heard here.


Stephen Bryant is Organist and Junior Choir Director at Clifton Cathedral as well as teaching at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Primary School within the Cathedral’s parish. He was educated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and whilst in the sixth-form he was Organ Scholar at Newcastle Cathedral. He moved to Manchester University to read music, during which time he studied the organ with Gordon Stewart, directed several choirs and orchestras as well as being Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral. After graduating he completed a PGCE course before initially teaching in Liverpool. In 1999 he moved to Bristol and has since taught in several schools within the city and its locality.


Stephen Bryant has been Organist of Clifton Cathedral since September 2000, a post he combines with his full-time teaching post. He has undertaken various recordings, broadcasts and tours, both as soloist and with the Cathedral Choir, including broadcasting live on BBC1 and BBC Radio 4. He is in demand as an organist and has performed throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and America. Stephen is an experienced choral and orchestral conductor and in 2017 founded the Clifton Cathedral Junior Choir which attracts choristers from across the diocese.

Sunday 25 October – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Organ Prelude: Praeludium in D major (BuxWV 139) - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) 
Communion: Fuga in D major (BuxWV 139) - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Buxtehude succeeded F. Tunder as organist at St. Mary’s in Lübeck on the condition that he married Tunder’s daughter! He was organist there for 38 years and is widely regarded as the “father” of the North German school of organ playing. In addition to his musical duties, Buxtehude also served as church treasurer. The Praeludium is improvisatory in nature whilst the Fuga opens with a strict fugue before leading into a brief adagio and a final postlude, which concludes with double pedalling.

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